Kresge Faculty Fellows

Kresge College Fellows are dedicated artists, teachers, and scholars drawn from every field of study at the University.
David Michael Shaw

Research Interests

I'm interested in the ways Right Livelihood Laureates and other changemakers have been successful in creating social transformation and large scale ecosystem regeneration. Examples of this research include exploring the effectiveness of transnational alternative policy groups and epistemic communities, solutions for scaling up agroecology and sustainable agriculture, and community-based research partnerships.

Biography, Education and Training

Dave Shaw is Coordinator of the Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. student in Environmental Studies. 

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • "Cultures of Sustainability & Social Justice", Co-PI with Nancy Chen, UC Office of the President, Innovative Learning & Teaching Initiative, 2016, $88,000.
  • "Conference of North American Right Livelihood Laureates," UC Santa Cruz Foundation, Board Opportunity Fund, 2018, $15,000.
  • "Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz: Linking students with ‘Alternative Nobel’ laureates," Student Fee Advisory Committee, 2019, $5,500. 
  • Global Food Initiative Fellow, UC Office of the President, 2020, $3,000.
  • Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) course development with Matt Sparke, UCSC Global Engagement, 2021.

Selected Publications

  • Howard, Phil, Tim Galarneau, Jan Perez, and David Shaw. 2005. “Integrating Open Space Technology and Dynamic Facilitation.” Participatory Learning and Action 53: 68–73.   
  • Shaw, David, Juanita Brown, and David Isaacs. 2018. “The World Cafe.” In The Change Handbook: Group Methods for Shaping the Future, 3rd ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. (Forthcoming)  

Selected Presentations

  • Bioneers Community Conversations (Bioneers Conference 2011-Present)
  • Learning as if Whole Systems Mattered: Permaculture in Schools and Universities (Ecological Farming Conference, 2015)